Operatic baritone Maxwell Seifert (Spoletta) recently made his professional Chicago debut as Captain Valentine with the Chicago Folks Operetta in Kurt Weill’s rarely heard Johnny Johnson. A Pacific Northwest native, he began his stage career as a boy soprano in the Seattle Opera’s 2006 production of Macbeth.
Today, Maxwell maintains a wide variety of repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary opera to golden age musical theater. Maxwell was recently awarded the grand prize at the Bel Canto Competition in Chicago and was a national semifinalist in the Classical Singer Competition. He has performed in numerous master classes, most notably with Jake Heggie and Isabel Leonard. He was a young artist at the Aspen Summer Music Festival performing in scenes from Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Fledermaus.
His operatic credits include the baritone in the jazz trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and L’horloge in L’enfant et les sortileges at the Franco American Vocal Academy. In 2015, he graduated with a B.A. in music performance from Pepperdine University where he performed as Danilo/The Merry Widow, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Belcore/L’elisir d’amore, and Dr. Falke/Die Fledermaus as well as some musical theatre roles, such as Enjolras/Les Misérables. Maxwell is currently based in Chicago, where he earned his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University studying with W. Stephen Smith.